Day #5- Friday

Okay. This is pretty humiliating for me, but if any of you have gotten an e-mail from somebody named "Tara" containing comments from me, don't be alarmed. It's me. Jessica has been showing me how to do some new things on here, like replying to comments through e-mail. Well, I didn't realize it, but the e-mail account I used to open my Blogger account was an old one I had used for writing...fanfiction. Yes. That was my pen name. Now you know I'm an even bigger nerd than you already thought I was. If you don't wanna be my friend any more, I really don't blame you. But I didn't want any of you to think I'm an online predator or anything. Jennifer Bain is my real name. You can find me on Facebook. I just made up a pseudonym to write embarrassing stories.

There. The truth is out.

I'm trying to get the e-mail address changed to my current one.

Now. With that out of the way, let's please move on with today's recap. I started off the day with my regularly scheduled weekly weigh-in. I haven't been this nervous about a weigh-in in a while. But I was pleasantly surprised:


I LOST 4.8 POUNDS!!! I haven't had a week that good since I started changing my habits back in January 2012. Plus, my BMI dropped back to the "overweight" category again, no longer "obese". YAY!

Now, my goal is still to post food and activity this entire week and do the Big Middle-of-the-Year Weigh-In/Measurements on Monday, July 1. And now I am totally pumped and ready keep trying, keep making healthier choices, and keep fighting.

7:30 AM- Breakfast



Lacey inspired me with her grey smoothie recipe: frozen blueberries, banana, spinach, almonds, and soymilk (I substituted 1 cup of regular fat free milk). She was right; it did have a rather unappetizing color, but it tasted really delicious. The almonds added a very nice flavor. Thanks so much for sharing! (Oh, and BTW, I did not eat that photo-bombing cantaloupe.)

8:30 AM- Swim


(Sorry the pic is blurry. Also sorry there's no pool in the background to prove I was there. I was too embarrassed to take a poolside selfie today. I was the only person there besides the lifeguard, and he just kept watching me. So I took one when I got to the dressing room.)

All excited and motivated after the weigh-in, I had the guts to go to the pool by myself for the first time. I went for Aqua Zumba, but no one else was there. Not sure why. I guess the class got canceled? Or maybe I got the time confused. Anyway, I got in the pool and swam as many laps as I could for 35 minutes. I think I did about seven or eight, with long breaks to catch my breath. Got in some good practice. I also tried treading water in the deep end for the first time, and I didn't drown, so I guess it went well too.

11:00 AM- Lunch


Salad- leftover garlic brown sugar chicken, 1 boiled egg, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, <1/4 cup shredded cheddar, and 1 tbsp thousand island; carrot sticks and hummus (can't see it in the pic; it was under the carrots); and strawberries with cottage cheese. 4 cups water.

I haven't talked to my parents in a while, so I decided to hang out with them for a bit today. Their house is usually where my downward spiral begins. There's cookies, candy, chips, sometimes cake...and I find it so difficult to refuse their offers, especially when some of those things are homemade. My mom has a lot of health problems, so when she feels well enough to do something, it's usually baking. And I feel extra horrible for not eating her food. (Not to mention the fact that it's darn good food and I want to eat it anyway.) Also, when I'm over there at meal times, one of them will sometimes offer me their debit card and suggest I hit up the drive-thru and bring us back some milkshakes and burgers. I do love a good burger. And I love my parents, of course. So guess what I usually end up doing?

Today, I went prepared. I packed the healthy lunch shown above and took it with me. My mom didn't feel like getting out of bed today, but I did get to spend some time with my dad. I ate my lunch while he had a Lean Cuisine TV dinner. Much better than some of our past options, for both of us!

2:20 PM- Strength Training



(Nice hair.)

Used the 5 lb dumbbells and 5 lb medicine ball to do bicep curls, tricep extensions, chest flies, and those 2 other exercises I don't know the proper names of. Again, I also did 3 sets of 15 squats, calf raises, push-ups (mostly on knees), and crunches. I did this for 25 minutes. Drank 2 cups water.

4:20 PM- Snack



Got busy writing again (YAY!). Munched on this handful of almonds and sipped about 2 cups of water while doing so.

6:12 PM- Dinner



1 80 calorie garlic-butter tilapia filet, steamed brown and wild rice with carrots and broccoli, and roasted veggies: squash, tomato, onion, mushroom, and green beans. 2 cups water.

8:00 PM- Snack



1 sliced Gala apple and some amazing dip made with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon. 1 cup water.

Another great day! The weekend will be the real challenge for me. I can have a perfect week, then go crazy binge eating on Saturday and Sunday. It's so important not to undo all the effort, though.

Have a great one!

4 comments

Jessica said...

Those roasted veggies last night were delicious. You can do those again any time. Or every time...we eat.

We better stick with it over the weekend! I am doing good so far...woke up this morning and worked out before work again! :)

Lacey said...

HAHAHAHA! Your confession made me laugh out loud! I did get a few emails with that name and was confused. haha thanks for clearing that up... but strangely it makes me like you more! haha. Nerds unite!

Congratulations!!! Four pounds, wow! Way to go, girl. You are so inspiring! Keep it up :D

Haha yay you tried the grey smoothie! :P I thought it was pretty tasty. Glad you liked it!

Jennifer said...

Thanks! I'm so proud of you for getting up so early and doing all that! Keep it up!

Jennifer said...

LOL Thank you! That makes me feel so much better!

And thank you again for your kind words of encouragement! I hope things have been going well with you!